BOONE, N.C. — As 2022 comes to its close, the App State Community can reflect on a year of progress and accomplishment, with many milestones to look forward to in the years to come.
In March, Chancellor Sheri Everts, joined by state leaders, ceremoniously broke ground on the Innovation District project, which has been included in App State’s master planning since 2016. Construction of the campus expansion is expected to start next summer, with an end goal to extend App State’s mission of teaching, research and service while also broadening economic development opportunities across the region.
Throughout the year, App State continued advancements toward climate neutrality and contributed to climate research, both locally and internationally. On campus, the university boosted its percentage of electricity supplied from renewables from 2% to 18% through hydroelectric and solar power purchases. On Mount Everest, an App State professor co-led a successful expedition to coordinate the maintenance of weather stations located near the top of the mountain.
App State had its best fundraising year in more than a decade, raising more than $36 million, including $31 million in cash gifts — the largest cash fundraising year in university history.
And the Mountaineer football team pulled off a monumental upset win over Texas A&M, prompting a visit from ESPN’s College GameDay, which broadcasted live from App State’s campus for millions of television viewers.
Read on to revisit news stories that capture some of App State’s milestone moments in 2022.
U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes magazine and Money.com all agree — App State is an educational leader for the U.S. and Southeast
Sep. 15, 2022
U.S. News & World, The Princeton Review, Forbes magazine and Money.com all agree — App State is one of the best higher education institutions in the country, and the Southeast, for 2022–23. App State was recognized for its academics, innovation, benefits for student veterans and other aspects.
Dr. Virginia Corrigan appointed as director of new 4-year program
Jan. 21, 2022
App State’s new Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology will prepare students for meaningful employment in the growing veterinary medical profession and lead to career advancement opportunities for those already working in the field.
Phase 1 development includes the Conservatory for Biodiversity Education and Research, as well as faculty/staff housing.
March 25, 2022
On March 25, App State ceremoniously broke ground on a long-held goal and a valuable piece of its future — the Innovation District project. Phase one of development includes the Conservatory for Biodiversity Education and Research, as well as housing for App State faculty and staff.
June 7, 2022
Dr. Baker Perry, National Geographic Explorer and professor in App State’s Department of Geography and Planning, led a successful return expedition to Mount Everest, coordinating the maintenance of weather stations at the top of the world.
These awards recognize graduates for their professional, service and philanthropic accomplishments
Sep. 1, 2022
App State’s Alumni Association honored four graduates with 2022 Alumni Awards — recognizing Mark Ricks ’89, June Wilson Hege ’65, John Thomas Roos ’84 and Douglas Middleton Jr. ’15 ’18 for their professional, service and philanthropic accomplishments.
App State Athletics
Sep. 10, 2022
Howdy from College Station, where App State has once again seized the national spotlight. With its latest signature win, there's reason to celebrate all the way back to the High Country. And guess what? ESPN's College GameDay is joining the party. App State scored touchdowns after both turnovers forced by its defense, Michael Hughes kicked a tiebreaking field goal with 8:05 left and the Mountaineers finished strong to complete a 17-14 win against No. 6 Texas A&M in front of 92,664 fans at Kyle Field on a steamy Saturday afternoon in Texas.
3 students win ‘free ride’ for a year with College GameDay posters
Sep. 19, 2022
ESPN’s premier college football pregame show — College GameDay — broadcasted live from App State’s campus on Sept. 17. Mountaineer football fans celebrated the occasion with several days worth of fan-fueled events.
Nov. 29, 2022
Three App State Police officers recently received awards of distinction for outstanding service, valor and lifesaving efforts from the App State Police Department and the University of North Carolina System.
The team also earned the competition’s Electrical Design Award
Aug. 5, 2022
App State’s student-run solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, secured a second-place finish in the multi-occupant vehicle category of the 2022 American Solar Challenge. The team completed 1,549 miles over the eight-day road race and took home the competition’s Electrical Design Award for the second consecutive year.
Feb. 21, 2022
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has ranked App State No. 1 in its “Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs” list for the sixth consecutive year. App State leads the nation for the number of National Board Certified Teachers — 2,211.
The graduates were sworn in and are already serving on App State’s campus
Oct. 20, 2022
Graduates of App State’s Appalachian Police Academy — a component of the Appalachian Police Officer Development Program — enter the criminal justice job market with a college degree, North Carolina law enforcement certification and a minimum of two years of policing experience.
Sep. 2, 2022
Elected officials and local dignitaries joined App State and Elkin City Schools educators and staff on Aug. 23 to celebrate the opening of App State’s second laboratory school — one of nine operating as part of the University of North Carolina System Laboratory School initiative.
Jan. 14, 2022
Under a new power provider, App State’s percentage of electricity supplied from renewables will increase from 2% to 18% in early 2022 due to purchases of hydroelectric and solar power.
University announces new emergency scholarship for student veterans
April 7, 2022
For more than a decade, App State’s support of military-affiliated students has earned it national recognition from VIQTORY as a Military Friendly School. App State has been named a Military Friendly School with Gold distinction for 2022–23.
App State Athletics
May 18, 2022
Reaching a full decade, App State student-athletes extended their impressive streak to 10 consecutive years with a cumulative GPA above 3.0 thanks to a strong showing during the 2022 spring. The Mountaineers ended the spring with a 3.16 semester GPA for all student-athletes, helping raise the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes to 3.23.
Building sciences, technology programs earn new Zero Energy Design Designation
Nov. 22, 2022
2 App State degree programs in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment — an undergraduate building sciences program and the master’s program in technology — have earned the new Zero Energy Design Designation by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Program announces expansion to 4-year option
April 29, 2022
App State’s Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) — an inclusive college experience designed for students with intellectual disabilities — celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It will expand to a four-year program option in fall 2023.
A year after the adoption of App State’s latest climate action plan, AppCap 1.0, multiple carbon mitigation strategies are underway
May 5, 2022
A year after releasing its latest climate action plan, App State is continuing to make
progress toward its climate neutrality goals. Among the most notable achievements — a 16 percentage point increase in the university’s renewable energy purchases.
Program to help address OT shortage in rural NC, welcomes first cohort in fall 2024
June 10, 2022
Beginning in fall 2024, Appalachian State University’s new Master of Science in occupational therapy program will help address a critical lack of occupational therapists in Western North Carolina.
App State hosts decade of NC energy conferences to put ideas into action
July 21, 2022
The Appalachian Energy Summit marks its 10th year by continuing to lead the UNC System and state agencies toward a goal of $2 billion in avoided energy costs by 2025.
Statue of D.D. Dougherty dedicated at Founders Plaza
Sep. 30, 2022
App State celebrated its fifth annual Founders Day on Sept. 6 in honor of the first day of classes held at Watauga Academy in 1899. Events included a poster exhibition, panel discussion, statue dedication, ceremony and cemetery tour.
Sep. 30, 2022
Appalachian State University has marked its best fundraising year in more than a decade. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, the university raised more than $36 million, including $31 million in cash gifts — the largest cash fundraising year in university history.
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Dec. 20, 2021
App State celebrates another year of Mountaineer innovation and progress, including several ‘firsts’ and many sustained successes under the leadership of Chancellor Sheri Everts.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.